How Artificial Intelligence Is Changing The Music Industry
Artificial intelligence has quickly transitioned from a futuristic, abstract concept to a tool that’s impacting our everyday lives.
Artificial intelligence has quickly transitioned from a futuristic, abstract concept to a tool that’s impacting our everyday lives.
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The term ‘biotech’ is most commonly associated with the healthcare and pharmaceutical fields, and while it’s true that companies have made huge strides in these areas, these aren’t the only sectors that biotechs have the potential to revolutionise.
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Experiential marketing is one of the most innovative and unique forms of modern advertising.
There’s been a much-needed push in recent years for increased diversity in the TV and film industries.
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A major breakthrough took place recently in the world of nuclear fusion energy.
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In the UK, around 17% of adults were experiencing some form of depression in the summer of 2021 - a 7% increase compared to pre-COVID levels. This has been a constant theme throughout the pandemic, and the impact is still being felt today. As a result, demand for effective mental health treatments is escalating rapidly.
As consumers become increasingly aware of societal issues, their shopping preferences are also changing. Many customers are now gravitating towards online brands that focus on social purpose alongside profit.
The ‘buy now pay later’ (BNPL) sector is growing at an incredible speed. The premise of BNPL is fairly simple. When customers reach an online checkout, they can choose to split their total bill into multiple instalments rather than paying the full cost up-front.
The start-up landscape has changed dramatically in recent years. New businesses are always focused on driving a healthy profit - but many companies are also now committed to creating products that tackle societal challenges.
2021 was a fairly turbulent year, to put it mildly. But thankfully, there’s always one thing you can rely on - brilliant creative agencies producing brilliant ideas.
As the UK eases out the pandemic, now feels like a good time to reflect on how difficult the past 18 months have been for domestic and global businesses.
Over the past decade health care has changed rapidly. We have seen the introduction of mobile apps which allow you to speak to a healthcare professional from the comfort of your home, and apps that can identify disease early based on genetic structure. Indeed, the health care sector is moving into a direction that is more tech-driven and individualised.
With COP26 well underway, governments will start to think about what changes can be made to limit the impact of human existence and consumption on the planet. To reduce animal agriculture, and look for alternative ways of feeding a growing population that has significantly less environmental impact, will be a challenge.
Since the Covid-19 pandemic began, many UK industries have gone through major changes, and the film and TV sector is no exception. TV and film production was halted for many months during lockdown, and professionals saw their work dry up overnight.
Independent creative, media and advertising agencies play a significant role in the wider world of marketing. These agencies often bring a breath of fresh air into pitches and new business meetings, offering a bold alternative to established networks.
Creative Technology - which combines creative industries such as TV, Film, Music and Design with modern technology - is a fast growing and incredibly diverse sector with plenty of innovation and collaboration within it.
Unforeseen, unprecedented and unpredictable are all words that can be used to describe the past year and a half. In the wake of Brexit, the UK experienced its most profound challenge yet. Almost every human being in the country, and on the planet, has been affected by the consequences of Covid-19. The long term economic effects of nationwide lockdowns and the closing of hospitality and entertainment industries over the past 18 months is yet to be seen.
This article was sponsored by Harmonic Finance.
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